Clover opens an Alewife branch on Monday, according to their website. Apparently there's "no area thatís had more requests for a Clover truck." The menu is limited to $4.67 chickpea fritter sandwiches, and hours are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Not prime commuting time, but perhaps worth a trip if you're hankering for chickpeas?
Clover Alewife, VECNA Parking Lot, Cambridge
Legal Sea Foods's downtown branch, Legal Crossing, opens tonight. Legal Crossing, LX for short, is a big ol' 4,900-square-foot hybrid of every Legal concept: Legal Sea Foods, Legal Test Kitchen, Legal C Bar and Legal Harborside. It's open for lunch, dinner, and late- night; there's also a large bar. Check out the menus.
Next up from the Legal crew: an "oysteria" in Charlestown to replace Todd English's Olives.
Legal Crossing, 588 Washington St., Boston
They've kept it secret until now — experimenting with dishes until the very end, and scrapping hush puppies at the last minute — but here's a copy. It's small but powerful: There's baked crab spread (pictured below), uni french bread, bone-in ribeye with beef butter, egg creams, and lots of sherry. The South End restaurant opened last night.
See the full menu here.
Menu training with Chef Cheek. pic.twitter.com/sSQoBHVMWi— Merrill & Co. (@MerrillAndCo) March 2, 2014
I'm told that Bostonia, the double-bar destination designed by HGTV's Taniya Nayak, will now open in early April at the Board of Trade Building, conveniently perched at the corner of Broad and State streets. The chef is Kyle Ketchum, an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu who has also cooked at Woodward at Ames, Michigan's The Lark and Rhode Island's Spiced Pear.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar will bring a charcuterie station and New England cuisine to Loews in late March
Here are some more details on Precinct, the upcoming restaurant inside the newly revamped Back Bay Loews. The restaurant will have charcuterie station serving local, artisanal cheeses and cured meats from family-owned farms, plus a seafood-focused menu: feast on oysters, Wellfleet clam chowder, seared scallops, or a whole clam bake. The restaurant opens at the end of March, and it seems like it'll be a prime post-work hangout come summertime: A patio overlooking Berkeley Street with two fire pits opens at the end of April.
The team that has cured and caused countless hangovers at Somerville's Trina's Starlite and Parlor Sports are coming to Boston. Beau Sturm, Jay Bellao, Josh Childs, and chef Suzi Maitland will open a neighborhood bar and restaurant called Audubon, which will replace the Audubon Circle restaurant. I'm told that the team hopes to "continue the establishments' deep-rooted commitment and connection to the community." Hopefully they'll also continue a commitment to amazing chili cheese dogs. I'm also told that Tyler Wang from Kirkland Tap & Trotter will tend bar, in addition to Mary Stout from Coppa.FULL ENTRY
The Bancroft, which is billing itself as an "urban-inspired steakhouse and lounge," has hired a ve-rry promising executive chef: Mario Capone, pictured below. Capone opened Scampo and Towne with Lydia Shire, and he was also Shire's executive chef when she reopened the late, lamented, legendary Locke-Ober in 2006. The Burlington restaurant has a solid pedigree: It's from the Webber Group, the same family of restaurants that run Groton's tasty Gibbet Hill Grill and Harvard's Fruitlands Museum. Also promising: a 32-seat bar with four separate "interactive" bartending stations.
The Bancroft, 15 Third Ave., Burlington
Huge news for Cambridge's culinary scene: Former UpStairs on the Square chef Susan Regis has partnered with Hi-Rise Bread Company's Rene Becker to open a restaurant in the former Chez Henri space outside Harvard Square, which will be "French in spirit," she tells me. It seemed "like a natural step for the both of us. We both live in the neighborhood and have loved Chez forever, not to mention the fact that [Chez Henri's] Paul [O'Connell]
is one of my oldest culinary friends in Boston, and I feel like I'm a logical person to pass the
baton to," she e-mails. She says the restaurant will be "French in spirit, sort of the way Chez Panisse is French in spirit, local and seasonal." UpStairs on the Square and Chez Henri each closed at the end of 2013 after decades in business.
Cambridge's Mount Auburn Cemetery will host a Death Cafe on March 23. According to the cemetery's site, "Death Cafe is an opportunity for people to eat [angel food?] cake, drink tea, and discuss death. The goal is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives."FULL ENTRY
A rep tells me that Bricco Salumeria and Pasta Shoppe has opened at 11 Board Alley, next to Bricco Panetteria. The shop sells more than 100 types of freshly made pasta, homemade sauces, homemade mozzarella, cured Italian meats and cheeses, olive oil, and vinegar. There's also a sandwich menu with classic Italian, Italian tuna, oven roasted turkey, chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, and more. It's run by North End restaurateur Frank DePasquale, who also owns Bricco, Mare Oyster Bar, Quattro, and Trattoria il Panino.
The Merchant opened over the weekend at 60 Franklin St. The brasserie's run by Shane Smyth, a co-owner at Newton's well-respected Sycamore; the chef is Matthew Foley, who used to work at the equally respected Craigie on Main and at Sycamore, too. There's a 40-foot bar, 36 beers on tap, and an oyster bar that's open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., with its own late-night menu. (Food is served until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.) Check out the menu here, and take note: They even have $6 validated parking.
The Merchant, 60 Franklin St., Boston, 617-482-6060
This is going to be a big spring for openings, and there are a few particularly juicy ones slated for March. Here are the five that you should be most excited about (in my humble, hungry opinion): Neapolitan pizza in Fort Point, a serious speakeasy in the South End, grilled meats in Somerville, seafood from Downtown Crossing's swankiest steakhouse, and authentic Sonoran in Belmont, of all places. What are you psyched about?
Ester will replace the Ledge, home of the city's best patio, says the Dorchester Reporter. They'll serve standards like burgers and salads, plus offer an al fresco barbecue buffet, pig roasts, and different regional cuisines to reflect the diversity of Lower Mills. "We actually want to do things that people donít necessarily cook at home. Like you might not take the time to make lamb shanks or lamb stew," owner Eleanor Arpino told the paper. Arpino handled operations for Davio's for 16 years. Look for the restaurant to open in April.
Ester, 2261 Dorchester Ave., Lower Mills, Dorchester
Joe Cassinelli plans to turn Davis Square's gorgeously neon Rosebud Diner into a pan-American roadhouse this May, says Eater Boston. Cassinelli runs Posto and the Painted Burro in the same neighborhood, and he's also opening a Painted Burro downtown in the coming months.
Sullivan's hot dog stand in Southie has thrown caution to the (frigid) wind and decided to open on Saturday, meaning that spring has unofficially arrived. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m., with their full menu launching at 10:30 a.m. Plus: hot dogs are half price all week long, according to their Facebook page.
It was just a matter of time, really. Wahlburgers, the Hingham burger restaurant run by Mark, Paul, and Donnie Wahlberg, will open a second location in Lynnfield, according to last night's juicy episode of A&E's Wahlburgers. BRT's Marc Hurwitz says he's heard whispers that the second location will be at MarketStreet Lynnfield, home to Legal C Bar, Kings, and Davio's.
Here are the burger-lovin' brothers pictured with their mom, Alma.
This is perhaps my favorite, most gratifying Restaurant Hub blog post to date: Xi'an Famous Foods plans to open in Boston, says DNAinfo New York. The Chinese noodle shop opened in Flushing in 2005; since then, it's gained a cult following throughout New York City for its tinglingly spicy, hand-ripped noodles. Noodles (strappy, chewy, delicious) are typically seared in hot oil and commingled with delicacies like stewed oxtail and cumin lamb. Xi'an also make an excellent, hand-held cumin lamb burger. A half-decade seems like a long time to pine, but really, as any New Yorker will tell you, these noodles are worth waiting for (and people do wait, often in line for hours at a time). Drool over the full menu here.
Dave Becker tells me that his Wellesley restaurant should open in about three months, and it'll be called Juniper. He says the name seemed like a logical culinary counterpoint to his Needham restaurant, Sweet Basil. Naturally, he's also entertaining the idea of multiple gin cocktails on the menu. It replaces Wellesley's Milestone.
Juniper, 13 Central St., Wellesley
For those eagerly awaiting Roxy's first standalone grilled cheesery, an update: Owner James DiSabatino tells me that his Allston restaurant should open at the end of this month. "Expect all the major food groups," he says. "Grilled cheese, burgers, beer, and poutine. Working on vegan items as well." Poutine?!
Roxy's Grilled Cheese, 485 Cambridge St., Allston
Last week came news that acclaimed New York chef Daniel Boulud would open a restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Today, a representative for Boulud says that it will be a branch of the ever-swanky Bar Boulud, which has outposts in New York and London. The French bistro and wine bar, known for its excellent charcuterie and wine program, will open this fall. It's Boulud's first Boston restaurant.
Bar Boulud, 776 Boylston St., Boston
More lunchtime options downtown: Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Falafel King is opening a third location in Downtown Crossing, in the old Qdoba spot at 62 Summer St. It's slated to open sometime next week.
Alvaro Sandoval tells me that heís just a couple of city inspections away from launching the North End branch of his hit Medford taqueria, Tenoch. Expect it to open by the middle of January at 3 Lewis St.FULL ENTRY
Yalonda Howze, owner of the adorable chocolate and nut shop outside Harvard Square, tells me that she's about to open a cafe inside her candy store. It'll sell Stumptown coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries. She hopes that the cafe will serve as an evening pitstop for people leaving Giulia and Temple Bar. Look for it toward the end of next week.
Evelyn & Angel's, 1702 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
If you ever wanted to eat Chinese food inside a Howard Johnson hotel within walking distance of Fenway Park, 2014 will not be your year. Boston Restaurant Talk reports the not-entirely-surprising news that Hong Kong Cafe inside the Fenway Howard Johnson on Boylston St. has closed. Forebodingly, its bar, the Tiki Hideaway, closed on December 13.FULL ENTRY
It's a holiday miracle! Harvard Square's Shake Shack opened today. It's a soft opening. They'll only serve desserts — shakes, custards, and concretes — until the new year. This report comes from PigTrip via Eater Boston, which notes that all Shack locations are closed on Christmas (sorry). P.S.: They have a fireplace.
Shake Shack, 92 Winthrop St., Cambridge
The BNV team, who run restaurants like Forum and Griddler's, originally planned to call their new South End restaurant Blind Tiger. No more. Their rep e-mails us some updates about the space and the concept, slated to open early next year. Here's details from BNV president Euz Azevedo:
The team here at Boston Nightlife Ventures are getting one step closer to announcing our newest venue which is going in the former Noche space in the South End. The venue has been referred to as "Blind Tiger," but that was just the project name for our speakeasy, not the final name. In the end, we decided against that name after hearing feedback from people who thought that Blind Tiger was going to be an Asian restaurant. During our renovations and as our concept became more clear, we thought that the name Wink and Nod sounded more in line of what we are trying to create in the space. The chic, new restaurant and lounge is going to have a serious craft cocktail program with a dinner menu that can be paired well with the inspired drinks and are encouraged to be shared. The interior hues will combine rich reds and golds with wood and marble to make for a mysterious yet enticing vibe.FULL ENTRY
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the gratifying news that Merrill & Co. will open in the old 28 Degrees space at 1 Appleton St. Former KO Prime'r Jason Cheek will be the executive chef, and jm Curley's talented Kevin Mabry will be the beverage director.FULL ENTRY
Finally! The adorable-sounding Farm & Fable is officially open, according to their Facebook page. The shop sells rare cookbooks dating from the 1800's, out-of-print tomes containing offbeat recipes, and works from the occasional boldface chef for good measure.FULL ENTRY
It's time to get in an early twentieth century state of mind: Restaurant and bar Carrie Nation Cocktail Club is now open in Beacon Hill for drinks, and will start serving its full dinner menu at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4.
The eatery joins the speakeasy-style theme currently trendy in the Boston area. Unlike many of those bars that open in the evening, Carrie Nation will be open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner -- all starting on Thursday, June 6.
Yoon S. Byon / Globe Staff
After invading Harvard Square, local burger joint Tasty Burger is planning to open another location in Cambridge, according to Boston Magazine.
Tasty Burger first opened on Boylston Street in the Fenway neighborhood, and has two other locations in the Boston area: South Boston and Harvard Square.
The competition? The other fast food-style restaurants in Central Square are notables, such as Four Burgers, Chipotle, Moody's Falafel Palace, and Picante. Let's just hope it can also have a 4 a.m. closing time like the Harvard Square location. (You know, in case you don't feel like eating Hi-Fi Pizza. Again.)
What are your thoughts on the opening? Which local burger establishment is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments.
In case you missed it, Centre Street Sanctuary, the new bar located on the campus of the former Blessed Sacrament Church is now up and running.
Highlights from the menu include: lamb satay, 8 ounce grilled hanger steak, and sanctuary sangria (hey, it's summer), made with red wine, hibiscus liqueur, peach brandy, peach puree, and iced tea.
Have you been to this new JP spot yet? What are your thoughts? Let us know.
While this one spot was frequented for religious reasons at one time, it's now a destination for a different kind of retreat. Bostonians will be able to dine on 12-ounce Grass-fed New York strip steak and enjoy a libation (or two) at the old campus of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.
Welcome to Jamaica Plain's newest restaurant, Centre Street Sanctuary, which is set to open Tuesday, May 28. The atmosphere has been designed to be reminiscent of a church, complete with stained glass and a bar made of a 700-pound oak door from a shuttered church in Watertown, according to Urban Daddy.FULL ENTRY
The excitement is building in Arlington for the opening of Menotomy Grill & Tavern, a promising restaurant serving food by former Chez Henri chef Mark Thompson.
This week, the staff responded to a follower asking about an opening date on its Facebook page, saying undisclosed factors likely will push the debut to after next Monday's holiday.
"We are waiting on a few items that are out of our control. Hoping for the week after [Memorial Day]," the post reads.
Housed in a former video rental store just off Alewife Brook Parkway at 25 Massachusetts Avenue, the location is close enough for residents of Cambridge and Somerville to jump the line into Arlington. In a first look inside the space, Patch reports that it will seat 150 between the restaurant and its patio, with an additional 24 bar spots.
The website also has a peek at the opening day menu, which tops out at $24 for dishes. For locals excited about the presence of another bar in Arlington, there is no word yet on drink lists.
Union Square's latest restaurant addition, Bronwyn, is all set to open today, May 15. We got a chance to take an exclusive first look at the menu, focusing on central and eastern European fare. Note: The names of the entrees are fun to say. You'll see.
Here is what you need to know about the menu:
Sausage. There is a section dedicated to "house-made wurst," or what we call sausage. There are six different choices, including "Zungenblutwurst," which is described as blood, tongue, and pork.
Potatoes. If you're a fan of the starchy goodness, then you'll find plenty of options here. "Mohnnudeln," for example, consists of potato and poppy noodles, salmon gravlax, and creme fraiche.
Doughnut. A dessert item is described as a lemon raspberry doughnut with chocolate sauce, called "Berliner." Its competition? The German chocolate cake, of course.
Pretzel. Or as Bronwyn says, "Bretzel." Grub Street reported chef Tim Wiechmann's attempt to perfect the bread concoction (which comes with roasted apple mustard). If you're not satisfied, oat-honey challah is also available.
Don't forget, there will be a biergarten open for the summer, with a promise of beer (35 different pilsners, lagers, and more offered). Half of the menu comprises of their extensive beer list, wine, and cocktail menu, all with the flavors of central and Eastern Europe.
What do you think about the menu? Do you think the restaurant will fit in with Union Square's bustling nightlife scene? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Bronwyn is located at 255 Washington St., Somerville. It is slated to open on May 15.
Hampshire House Corporation, the company that runs Hampshire House, 75 Chestnut, 75 on Liberty Wharf, Cheers Beacon Hill, and Cheers Faneuil Hall, plan to add yet another eatery to their restaurant empire as long as the plan gets official approval from the city, Eater reports.
The proposed restaurant, 75 on Cambridge, which would be located on the former site of Grampyís gas station (209 Cambridge St.), could open in the fall of 2014, seating between 120 and 130 people, according to The Beacon Hill Times.
The project, spearheaded by Hampshire House owner Thomas A. Kershaw, must be heard and approved by the Beacon Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee for the city-permitting process to begin. We'll have to wait for more news on this before we know the restaurant's definite future.
What do you think? Would this be a good addition to Boston's culinary scene? Or do you not approve?
Courtesy Bronwyn Restaurant
Union Square already has fancy cocktails, delicious donuts, fine dining, and craft beers. All it was missing was a destination for sausage, pretzel, and Pilsner fans.
Joining a string of buzzworthy hot spots in Somerville's Union Square is Bronwyn, a restaurant and bar from the owners of T.W. Foods in Cambridge.
Husband-and-wife duo Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann own the restaurant, and Tim is the restaurant's chef. They plan to pay homage to their German roots by serving food and drink inspired from the region, according to a press release. Menu items include Bavarian sausages, riesling sauerkraut, and foie gras.
This new spot has the potential of joining the already flourishing nightlife scene of Union Square. It plans to offer Eastern and Central European beers, but local beer fans don't fret -- American beers that are brewed in the European style will also be available. Craft cocktails, wines from central Europe, and schnapps will also make up the drink menu.
The decor will include velvet seating and iron chandeliers (belonging to Wiechmann's family). Oh, and, in true European style, there will also be a biergarten open from 5 p.m. to midnight, weather permitting.
While Bronwyn opens May 15, you can start making reservations on May 11. 255 Washington St., Somerville, www.bronwynrestaurant.com